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I hope this question is not TOO subjective...
I would need a list of the 3 best industry-standard business firewall(appliances or software) that will handle around 500 PC's(in 30 or so subnets) from the inside NAT-ing out.
I don't necessarily need the model numbers, just the manufacturer/model name.
I'm looking at the Cisco PIX 506E and 516E as possible primary candidates, with CheckPoint Solaris/Linux bundle as a secondary. What others should I include.
thanks,
tibori
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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You might want to cross-post this (a 0 point question with a link to this one and your description) at the Security topic area:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Firewalls/

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Cisco PIX 515E w/Unrestricted license, or PIX 525. 506E will NOT support 500 users.

http://www.cisco.com/go/pix

Have heard really good reports about Netscreen
http://www.netscreen.com/products/index.html

Watchguard firebox is also a good solid performer.
http://www.watchguard.com/products/wgls.asp

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Any software firewall that runs on any Windows platform will never be any more secure than Windows -IMHO

Linux is cheap and relatively painless, but it is not generally accepted as an industry standard business-class solution.

Checkpoint is the only software-based (on Solaris) that I would recommend http://www.checkpoint.com/products/index.html

http://www.checkpoint.com/products/downloads/tollyreport.pdf
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by:tibori
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dogztar: Thanks for the tip, but I couldn't do it. Looks like EE has implemented a 20point minimum for any question...
lrmoore: thank you for your suggestions. I will check them out. Just one question, what is the maximum user limit of the 506E. I've looked through the tech specs and didn't see it.
thanks,
tibori
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There is no maximum user limit on any of the PIX's besides the 501. It is limited only by the processor power and memory, and lack of support for 100Mb connections, failover, or DMZ ports. Our general rule of thumb for sizing a PIX:
501 = 10-50 users (licence restriction)
506e = 10-100 users (performance restricted), 10Mb only
515e = 10-250 users (maybe up to 500 depending on use). Restricted license limits to 3 interfaces, no failover and # of concurrent connections. UNrestricted license supports up to 6 interfaces, plus failover, and has more memory to support more concurrent connections.
525 = 500 or more users or complex DMZ/VPN requirements
535 = Interprise/ISP use or high-speed (multiple Gigabit interfaces) DMZ/VPN requirements

Hope this helps.
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